Ghana’s Independence: 6 Facts You Should Know

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The independence of a country is a very big deal so it comes as no surprise that Ghana’s Independence anniversary on March 6th each year is such a patriotic and joyous occasion.

Here are 6 facts that we think are interesting:

  1. Ghana was colonised for over a century by The British Empire, who named the country The Gold Coast due the abundance of Gold it had. The Gold Coast was also attractive to The British due to the wealth of natural and valuable resources to trade such as diamonds, timber and ivory.
  2.  The transition from colonialism to Independence for the Gold Coast should be attributed to not only the leader, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah but also the others that are referred to as the “Big Six” (Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, Mr. Obetsebi-Lamptey, Mr. Ako Adjei,Mr. Edward Akuffo-Addo, Dr. J. B. Danquah, Mr. William Ofori Atta) for their earlier brave and selfless actions for the cause.
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  3.  Kwame Nkrumah led the Gold Coast into Independence and re-named the nation Ghana. Ghana was named after The Empire of Ancient Ghana which was located 500 miles north of modern Ghana and occupied the area between Rivers Senegal and Niger existing around 830-1235. The kingdom was known for its political power and extreme wealth gained from the gold trade. Dr Nkrumah and J.B Danquah have documented research that reports 75% of modern Ghana had descended from Ancient Ghana.
  4. Ghana became an Independent state on March 6th 1957 but July 1st 1960 is the date Ghana achieved full independence.
  5. Ghana was the first Sub-Saharan African country to gain its Independence.
  6. Kwame Nkrumah got inspiration for the colours of the Ghana flag from Ethiopia as he believed that Ethiopia was never colonised and the only African country not to be, showing true strength.

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VIDEO: Dr. Kwame Nkrumah Independence Speech (6th march 1957)

 

This cartoon captures the essence of what took place those days after the second World War in the Gold Coast (now Ghana) with the soldiers creating a petition and wanting to send it over to the governor. The series of events to follow would lead to the Independence of Ghana.

 

Video: 28th Day

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